Expanding the availability of Oceanographic Data in the Gulf of Mexico

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Expanding the availability of Oceanographic Data in the Gulf of Mexico

As part of the National Academy of Sciences Understanding the Gulf Ocean Systems (UGOS) initiative, the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) working closely with industry partners, has obtained release of many, previously proprietary, oceanographic datasets.  The acquired datasets have been fully quality controlled to U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) standards and metadata appropriately supplemented. As a certified Regional Information Coordination Entity, the datasets available through the GCOOS GulfHub data portal meet federal standards for data gathering and management and are available for use by anyone. 
 
In the first part of this presentation, the overall project is described and an introduction and insights into the available datasets are provided.  In the second part, data collected as part of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Notice to Lessees and Operators No. 2018-G01, is discussed in detail, including a description of the QA/QC that was applied to bring the datasets up to IOOS standards and inferences that have been gained in the process.

Jan van Smirren, Consultant Oceanographer, Ocean Sierra LLC

Mr. van Smirren B.Sc., M.Sc. has gained over 35 years of experience in commercial oceanography.  Mr. van Smirren is a Consultant Oceanographer with Ocean Sierra LLC, prior to this he was Partnership Managing Director for the Energy Sector at British Maritime Technology, and previously occupied global and regional senior management positions in the UK, Singapore and USA with Fugro.  His oceanographic experience has seen him undertake studies in the North and South Atlantic, South China Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  This has included both field measurement and monitoring system campaigns and the detailed analysis and interpretation of data.  









Bruce Magnell, Senior Oceanographer, Woods Hole Group, Inc.

Dr. Bruce A. Magnell has more than 40 years of experience in applied science and ocean engineering for a wide range of commercial and government clients. He is a recognized expert in the field of physical oceanography in industry, government, and academia. His fields of expertise include physical oceanography, electrical engineering, coastal ocean dynamics, oceanographic instrumentation design and evaluation, signal processing, data analysis, data acquisition, real-time telemetry, processing system design and implementation, technology evaluation, business management and business development. He has extensive experience in the analysis of coastal ocean dynamics, especially wind-driven circulation and mixing on the continental shelf. He also specializes in real-time systems design and operation from ports and harbors through the deep ocean. Specifically, Dr. Magnell has collected, analyzed, and reported on numerous deepwater current measurement programs worldwide, including some of the first observations of the loop current in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past few years, he has been the Principal Investigator for oceanographic data collection programs in the USA, offshore Brazil, offshore West Africa, offshore Australia, and offshore Indonesia. He also has supported marine renewable energy projects, including proposed wind power projects offshore Massachusetts and New Jersey. He previously participated in and directed large-scale oceanographic measurement programs for the former MMS, such as the Northern California Coastal Circulation Study and the New England Outer Continental Shelf Physical Oceanography Program.  

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